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Mayor to push for road improvements funding

Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd is to press the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling for funding to improve the town’s road network.

Middlesbrough Council recently unveiled extensive highways infrastructure proposals which would alleviate traffic issues town-wide.

Mr Grayling had accepted an invitation to visit Middlesbrough Town Hall tomorrow (Friday, December 8) to see the plans for himself in a presentation by authority officers, but has since cancelled.

However, the Secretary of State will still be visiting Middlesbrough tomorrow and is expected to stop at Marton Road to look at the traffic.

Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd said: “We are absolutely positive our proposals could make a huge improvement to the Middlesbrough road network which would be welcomed by residents and also have positive repercussions for the wider Tees Valley and business and industry.

“It would have been great to sit down formally with Mr Grayling so our highways engineers could take him through the benefits the desired new roads and infrastructure would produce.

“That said I will still be making the case for funding to the Secretary of State for Transport during his visit and we are seeking a formal meeting with Ministers in the New Year and we should all be targeting a positive outcome for Middlesbrough.”

Recently Middlesbrough Council announced consultations for plans for road-widening at the Southern Cross junction, works which would be carried out in 2018.

The authority was also given the Government green light for a £3m “through-about” project at the junction of the A66/A171 Cargo Fleet roundabout.

A key component of the town-wide plans which would have a significantly positive effect on the south of Middlesbrough road network is a proposed new link road from Ladgate Lane to Longlands roundabout.

Cllr Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “We are now reaching a critical point where it appears we have the developed plans, the political will within Middlesbrough Council and the political support of Middlesbrough’s MPs and now all we need is the funding and we can get straight to work in delivering these schemes.”